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Advice On World Cup Spam and Malicious E-Mails

Symantec : 31 May, 2010  (Technical Article)
Symantec has set up a Twitter account for World Cup Fans to follow providing the latest news on spam and e-mail based threats relating to the increased internet threats associated with the international sporting event
England's World Cup Squad is due to be announced on Tuesday 2nd June and, with the first match taking place just a week later, Symantec anticipates an increase in spam and other malicious activities as cybercriminals seek to profit from widespread interest in the games.

Symantec has launched a World Cup micro site called Net Threats monitoring and giving updates on the latest in scams, spam, phishing and malicious code. It's also a forum to talk to like-minded football followers and learn more about online security. You can now also follow the Net Threats site on Twitter

Symantec experts on Net Threats have recently put together a checklist of do's and don'ts to help protect football fans and internet users when online.


* Unsubscribe from legitimate mailings that you no longer want to receive.
* Be selective about the websites where you register your e-mail address
* Avoid publishing your e-mail address on the Internet.
* Using directions provided by your mail administrators report missed spam if you have an option to do so
* Delete all spam
* Avoid clicking on suspicious links in e-mail or IM messages
* Always be sure that your operating system is up-to-date with the latest updates, and employ a comprehensive security suite.
* Consider a reputable antispam solution to handle filtering across your entire organisation.
* Keep up to date on recent spam trends


* Open spam messages
* Open unknown e-mail attachments.
* Reply to spam.
* Fill out forms in messages that ask for personal or financial information or passwords.
* Buy products or services from spam messages
* Forward any virus warnings that you receive through e-mail. These are often hoaxes.

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